Phil Shaw, the founding director of Avisure and sister company Ecosure will be presenting on ‘Wildlife strike statistics and legal cases’ held by the NSW branch of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.
Jeff Follett has had a different career path to the average wildlife biologist. ‘It’s certainly not been a direct line,’ he says. Born and bred in the US state of Minnesota, he completed a bachelor of science degree there majoring in fisheries and wildlife management. When he graduated, ‘everyone in my course had a hard science degree and wanted to go out and work with wildlife’, but Jeff and his wife took a different path. They joined the Peace Corps, (the American equivalent to Australia’s Volunteers Abroad program) and had a long stretch working overseas on humanitarian programs. They had two years in South America, where Jeff worked with an agricultural organisation, and worked in agroforestry.
January 15 will mark the fourteenth anniversary of the ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York following multiple Canada geese strikes. The story of the 2009 ‘miracle on the Hudson’ is well known. Captain Sullenberger and the flight crew’s measured actions in landing the A320 and the 155 people aboard safely with no fatalities have been widely publicised and rightly acclaimed.
Dr Jeff McKee is Avisure’s Director of Research and Development, although with recent projects he is collaborating on, R&D could more accurately stand for research and drones. A scientist, licensed fixed-wing pilot, and Avisure’s chief remote pilot, McKee is using drones to streamline several wildlife research projects.